Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The endless question

For once, asked by someone who really wants an answer.

Yahoo Answers is truly the home of the brave, and you gotta wade through the muck and the mire. But every now and then, cool people like this who really want to learn, they make my day.

Adoptees, what did your parents do wrong?


Up next on listener-supported radio, two straight white dudes discuss growing up African American lesbian

Fellow listeners, lend an ear, and then perhaps spare a moment to ask WHYY two individuals, neither mother  nor adoptee, were chosen to discuss adoptee equality and the myth of "birthmother confidentiality".

Adoption and Open Birth Records

Monday, June 21st, 2010

There is a bill before the New Jersey assembly that would give adult adoptees access to their birth records. While adoptees argue that they have a right to this information, others say that the privacy rights of the birth parents should be protected. This hour, we'll debate this issue and look at the growing trend toward openness in adoptions. Our guests are University of Pennsylvania law professor Anita Allen and the executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Adam Pertman.


Saturday, June 26, 2010


Reposting from AdopteeRights.net.  If you don't make your reservations by Tuesday, you'll be forced to sleep with me. And I snore.

The Hampton Inn Louisville is sold out for the week of the NCSL Convention!

There are still rooms available in our group block, but the end date to make your reservation is Tuesday, June 29th. After this date, you will not be able to get a room at the hotel.

For details on our discounted rate group block, visit


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Go visit Claud please

Free CDs for Adoptee Rights


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Please vote for ISRR at Chase Community Giving

Seriously. Nothing makes me crankier than seeing adoption agencies with more votes than the great-granddaddy of the adoption community.

Just in case you're new to adoptionville and not aware, The International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) is the world's oldest and most successful free mutual consent registry. ISRR is a non-profit mutual consent registry dedicated to reuniting adult family members separated by adoption, divorce, or other dislocation. It is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit reuniting families since 1975 and supported by individual contributions.

Chase Bank is giving away $5,000,000 to local charities:

  • One charity will receive $250k
  • 4 runners-up will receive $100k
  • 195 others will receive $20k

Please take a moment to vote for Soundex, spam your friends and family. And you can grab this nifty badge while you're at it:



Thursday, June 10, 2010

Just in time for adoption camp!

Send your adoptling away for the summer with the doll that reflects everything you want in her!

AdoptShoppe's "Shoe String Babies" adorable multicultural dolls are missing the one item that causes you the most grief from your adoptee - her mouth.

Sweet little Amanda can't ask questions about her adoption, and neither will your child after receiving this precious reminder of all she needs to be grateful for.

Order now - supplies are limited, as is your patience.


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

PA Call to Action HB 1978


A Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights Call to Action
End Adult Adoptee Inequality in Pennsylvania

Promote Adoptee Rights in PA, Help PROMOTE HB 1978
HB 1978 is a bill pending in the House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee.  It impacts the portion of law governing the right of Adult Adoptees to access their Non-Identifying and Identifying information.  HB 1978 says that upon reaching adulthood, an Adult Adoptee will have the right to request either one of their birth certificates (the Amended or the Original) under the same law (Vital Statistics Law), for the same price, and by the same process as every other Pennsylvania Citizen.  HB 1978 is the Adoptee Equality Bill.  Read the bill here.

5 Ways to Take Action and PROMOTE HB 1978 Now!

1.    Contact Legislators:  Make sure legislators know that HB 1978 needs a hearing and needs to pass un-amended and in its current condition.
a.)  Contact your Representative and make sure they know you support this bill. 
b.)  If your Representative is not already a co-sponsor, please ask them to become a co-sponsor.
c.)  Contact the members of the Health and Human Services Committee and tell them that this bill needs a committee hearing and that it must pass the committee hearing un-amended and in its current condition.

Contact information for these Representatives will be provided at the bottom of this document.

2.    Brush Up on the Issue:  It is vital to approach a legislator prepared in order to keep our bills clean, on topic, and from addressing other issues not related to Adoptee Rights.  Adoptee Rights is about the Basic Human Right to identity and the Civil Right to equal treatment under the law.  We lay out Adoptee Rights arguments, the rebuttals to common misconceptions, and provide links to documents, court cases and research to help you explain this important cause.  Check out our education page found here.

3.    Follow us on Facebook:  Do you have a Facebook page?  “Like” our page, found at http://facebook.com/adopteesrightspa.  Invite everyone on your friends list to “like” our page too.  It doesn’t matter if they do not live in PA or if they are not directly impacted by adoption.  Anyone who is interested in or a friend of Adoptee Rights can “like” our page and by doing so, show legislators the interest that there is in our cause.

4.    Join Our Mailing List:  Facebook is one way to follow us but we also have a mailing list which is a great way to get urgent calls to action right in your email inbox.  Have your name counted as a member of our organization by joining our mailing list at our Google Group page found here: http://groups.google.com/group/AdopteeRightsPA.

Legislator Contact Information

To find your legislator, please visit the PA General Assembly website and enter in your ZIP code in the “Find Members” search box in the upper right-hand corner.  For more information on each legislator in the House of Representatives, please visit our spreadsheet.

House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee:
Hon. Frank Louis Oliver (Chairman)
34E East Wing
PO Box 202195
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2195
(717) 787-3480
Fax: (717) 783-0684

Hon. Matthew E. Baker (Chairman)
108 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202068
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2068
(717) 772-5371
Fax: (717) 705-1835
Hon. Tim Seip (Secretary)
115B East Wing
PO Box 202125
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2125
(717) 772-5771
Fax: (717) 780-4759

Hon. Seth M. Grove (Secretary)
52-A East Wing
PO Box 202196
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2196
(717) 783-2655
Hon. John Myers
305 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202201
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2201
(717) 787-3181
Fax: (717) 772-4038

Hon. Karen D. Beyer
B14 Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202131
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2131
(717) 783-1673
Fax: (717) 787-9463

Hon. Eddie Day Pashinski
27A East Wing
PO Box 202121
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2121
(717) 783-0686
Fax: (717) 772-2284

Hon. Bryan Cutler
147A East Wing
PO Box 202100
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2100
(717) 783-6424
Fax: (717) 772-9859

Hon. Ronald G. Waters
328 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202191
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2191
(717) 772-9850
Fax: (717) 783-1516

Hon. Mauree Gingrich
430 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202101
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2101
(717) 783-1815
Fax: (717) 705-2569

Hon. Jake Wheatley
311 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202019
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2019
(717) 783-3783
Fax: (717) 780-4753

Hon. Katie True
7 East Wing
PO Box 202041
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2041
(717) 705-7161
Fax: (717) 705-1946

Hon. Louise Williams Bishop
326 Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202192
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2192
(717) 783-2192
Fax: (717) 787-2960

Hon. Kerry A. Benninghoff
41B East Wing
PO Box 202171
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2171
(717) 783-1918
Fax: (717) 260-6528

Hon. Vanessa Lowery Brown
330 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202190
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2190
(717) 783-3822
Fax: (717) 772-2384

Hon. Gene DiGirolamo
49 East Wing
PO Box 202018
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2018
(717) 783-7319
Fax: (717) 772-2414

Hon. Mark B. Cohen
128 Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202202
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2202
(717) 787-4117
Fax: (717) 787-6650

Hon. Nicholas A. Micozzie
105 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202163
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2163
(717) 783-8808
Fax: (717) 783-0688

Hon. Paul J. Drucker
323 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202157
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2157
(717) 705-2003
Fax: (717) 772-2943

Hon. Douglas G. Reichley
5 East Wing
PO Box 202134
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2134
(717) 787-1000
Fax: (717) 705-7012

Hon. Thaddeus Kirkland
320 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202159
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2159
(717) 787-5881
Fax: (717) 787-9074

Hon. Katharine M. Watson
B16 Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202144
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2144
(717) 787-5452
Fax: (717) 783-8934
Hon. Kathy Manderino
125 East Wing
PO Box 202194
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2194
(717) 787-1254
Fax: (717) 780-4770

Hon. Barbara McIlvaine Smith
121A East Wing
PO Box 202156
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2156
(717) 705-1922
Fax: (717) 780-4778

Hon. Tony J. Payton Jr.
308 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202179
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2179
(717) 787-1354
Fax: (717) 780-4789

Hon. Ken Smith
28B East Wing
PO Box 202112
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2112
(717) 783-1359
Fax: (717) 780-4757

Prepared by Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights Advocates, , amanda.woolston@gmail.com, June 2010
PAR Advocates promotes openness and truthfulness in adoption practice and the right of Adult Adoptees to access their Original Birth Certificates without condition.


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